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BuildingGreen Top 10 Green Products

GreenSource magazine’s partners, BuildingGreen LLC, publisher of the GreenSpec Directory, announced its ninth annual Top 10 Green Products at the 2010 Greenbuild conference in Chicago. The list recognizes the past year’s most exciting products.
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Knoll FSC-Certified Furniture

Knoll FSC-Certified Furniture
Knoll produces a full line of commercial office furnishings (including casegoods, office systems, and tables) in a wide range of styles, materials, and finishes. All of Knoll’s standard furniture lines that incorporate wood now come standard with wood harvested from sustainably managed forests as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). With just a few exceptions, Knoll recently began providing FSC-certified wood without asking, at no surcharge, and at standard lead times. Knoll is the only furniture company—and perhaps the only company of this size in any market sector—that has made such a significant commitment to sustainable forestry and FSC.

LEED value
• MR Credit 7: Certified Wood

Knoll, Inc.
East Greenville, Pennsylvania

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Niagara Stealth Toilet

Niagara Stealth Toilet
Niagara Conservation’s ultra-high-efficiency Stealth toilet incorporates a vacuum-assist technology that uses only 0.8 gallons per flush (gpf) while producing very little noise (unlike standard pressure-assist toilets). The Stealth’s unique design incorporates a sealed tank-within-a-tank that, as the tank fills with water after the flush phase, forces air into the trapway below the toilet bowl. During the next flush, this bubble collapses creating negative pressure that pulls waste from the bowl. At 0.8 gpf the Stealth uses the same amount of water that many dual-flush toilets use on the lightest flush setting, and it is even quieter than many standard gravity-flush toilets.

LEED value
• WE Prerequisite 1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
• WE Credit 2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
• WE Credit 3: Water Use Reduction

Niagara Conservation Corp.
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey

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Electec ez-Wiring & Cabling Systems

Electec EZ-Wiring & Cabling Systems
Electec’s EZ-Wiring is a cost-effective, plug-and-play, modular wiring system that contains no heavy metals and no halogens (bromine, chlorine, or fluorine), which are commonly used in cable sheathing. Rated as “low-smoke, zero-halogen” (LSZH), the company’s products include the four-wire EZ-Wiring D used primarily for lighting applications; the eight-wire H-Series for systems furniture, advanced lighting controls, and raised-floor systems; and the EZ-Cabling steel-shielded voice/data zone cabling. All of these modular systems are designed for reuse and reconfiguration using uniquely keyed connections that save resources and money, simplify retrofits, and prevent the buildup of abandoned cabling in walls or air-handling spaces, a common fire and health hazard.

Electec, Ltd.
Ottawa, Ontario

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OBPlus Wall System

OBPlus Wall System
Bensonwood’s OBPlus Wall system (“OB” for “open-built”) is framed using 9.5”-deep I-studs filled with R-35 dense-pack cellulose insulation, then clad with exterior moisture-resistant OSB sheathing (with taped joints). Advanced gasket technology is used for air sealing, detailing is provided to minimize thermal bridging, a drainage plane is installed on the exterior, and integral baseboard raceways on the interior for electrical and data cables eliminate wall penetrations. Bensonwood houses are designed using sophisticated Swiss BIM software, with output to milling equipment that cuts components to precise dimensions. The company offers Passive House options, achieving up to R-60 walls and comparable roof systems

LEED value
• EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
• EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance
• MR Credit 4: Recycled Content

Walpole, New Hampshire

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Pittsburgh Corning Foamglas Insulation

Pittsburgh Corning Foamglas Insulation
Pittsburgh Corning’s Foamglas insulation is 100% glass—made from silica sand, limestone, soda, and trace minerals—whose production is free of harmful blowing agents or fire retardants. Its high compressive strength and water resistance make itan appropriate substitute forextruded polystyrene. Foamglas has a stable insulation value of R-3.44 per inch; is noncom-bustible, resistant to corrosion, and dimensionally stable; and its closed-cell, inorganic structure will not support the growth of mold, fungi, or micro-organisms. When installed as recommended, Foamglas also serves as a radon, air, and vapor barrier. It is available in flat or tapered sheets, either faced with a bitumen-impregnated sheet or unfaced.

LEED value
• EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance
• EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance

Pittsburgh Corning
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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